I usually like teachers who can make me think and these teachers usually ask more questions than giving the answers. But sometimes teacher’s questions can be really useless or even counterproductive. Here is one of those from a teacher of mine many years ago. It stuck with me for a long time because it was quite damaging:
“You played the difficult parts well but this part is SO easy, why can’t you play it?”
Her question was not only unhelpful, but it also made me feel for a long time as if something very wrong with me that I couldn’t get some “easiest stuff” right quickly. Years later I understand that what she thought was the easy bits were not easy for me but she didn't know how to identify let alone fix my issues. A teahcer who isn’t able to diagnose issues that are unique to each student is not a good news.
What questions/things that you think a teacher should never have asked or said to you? Why?
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